U.S. Men's Update: Wishes Do Come True
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2009) – USA Volleyball would like to pass along an update on Miles Britton of San Martin, Calif.
The teen-ager is in remission from a fast-paced form of lymphoma. In 2008, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® granted Britton’s wish to see the U.S. Men’s National Team play at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Not only did Britton get to see the team compete, he also got to visit a U.S. Men’s practice at Beijing Normal University the morning of their quarterfinal match against Serbia.
Prior to his illness, which was diagnosed early in 2007, Britton was a middle blocker for the Los Gatos Apex Boys' Volleyball Club. He is a senior this year at St. Lawrence Academy in Santa Clara.
In June, USA Volleyball caught up with Miles when he came to San Jose, Calif., to see the U.S. Men play China in the FIVB World League. Here is his most recent update:
I'm writing to give you guys an update like you asked back when we met again in June. Since we last saw each other I've been pretty busy. I started playing volleyball at local open gyms twice a week for about seven to eight hours a week, it's my goal to be able to play on a club team for the spring-summer season.
I'm busy with school both as Student Body President and my normal class load. I've been working out, losing more weight, and growing a little bit (finally 6' 2"!). On top of all of that I'm working on my college applications, I'm applying to UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, San Jose State and San Francisco State. I'm planning on becoming a pediatric oncology nurse, so I'm applying to mostly schools with nursing programs.
Most importantly however, I'm healthy. I've been able to act like a normal teenager hanging out with my friends and doing the normal teenager stuff. I'm playing volleyball a lot, I'm starting to remember how to play (and how to jump) and I will hopefully have a high school team to play on this spring.
View a photo gallery of Britton's visit with the team at http://usavolleyball.org/multimedia/photo_gallery/259.
Ryan Ammerman (Puerto Real/Spain)
Fletcher Anderson (VC Franken Bamberg/Germany)
Matt Anderson (Hyundai Capital Skywalkers/Korea)
Lloy Ball (Zenit Kazan/Russia)
Hudson Bates (Caribes de San Sebastian/Puerto Rico)
Brook Billings (Kepco 45/Korea)
Theo Brunner (PAOK/Greece)
Duncan Budinger (Landstede/Netherlands)
Ryan Burrow (Bozkurt Belediye Spor Kulubu/Turkey)
Matthew Ceran (Hylte Volley Bollklubb/Sweden)
Simon Chen-Byerley (Alfa Next Volley Dordrecht/Netherlands)
Tony Ching (Ponce/Puerto Rico)
Matthew Denmark (Unicaja Almeria/Spain)
Patrick Durbin (Volley Amriswil/Switzerland)
Mark Dusharme (Hurrikaani/Finland)
David Egan (Sollentuna VK/Sweden)
Eric Feldman (Lausanne Universite/Switzerland)
Gabe Gardner (Fenerbahce SC – Istanbul/Turkey)
Michael Gonzalez (Alfa Next Volley Dordrecht/Netherlands)
Kevin Hansen (Fakel New Urengoi/Russia)
Andy Hein (Changos of Naranjito/Puerto Rico)
Russell Holmes (Hypo Tirol/Austria)
Max Holt (Bluvolley Verona/Italy)
Jayson Jablonsky (Ponce Leones/Puerto Rico)
Daniel Kellum (Enosis Neon Paralimniou/Cyprus)
Joe Klein (Orkelljunga VK/Sweden)
Robert Klein (TV Buhl/Germany)
Isaac Kneubuhl (VCA Hypo Niederosterreich/Austria)
Nick Lamoureux (VBK WSL Klagenfurt/Austria)
Aaron Larson (Stvtilburg/P/Netherlands
David Lee (Lokomotiv Novosibirsk/Russia)
Eric Leserman (Axis Shanks Guibertin/Belgium)
Paul Lotman (Stade Poitevin/France)
C.J. Macias (Mayaguez/Puerto Rico)
Christopher Maddox (VC Zoersel/Belgium)
Tim May (Lares Patriotas/Puerto Rico)
Mike McKienzie (Al Jazira/UAE)
Matt McKinney (Corozal/Puerto Rico)
Nate Meerstein (Volley Amriswil Elite/Switzerland)
Ryan Millar (Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye/Turkey)
Garrett Morales (Alfa Volley Dordrecht/Netherlands)
Luke Murray (Enosis Neon Paralimniou/Cyprus)
Nils Nielsen (Corozal/Puerto Rico)
Dan O'Dell (Ginasio Clube Vilacondense/Portugal)
Pieter Olree (Baniyas Sports & Cultural Club/UAE)
Aleksander Ondelj (TV Buhl/Germany)
Ryan Owens (A.O. Kifissia/Greece)
Evan Patak (Halk Bankasi/Turkey)
Casey Patterson (Plantaneros de Corozal/Puerto Rico)
Reid Priddy (Lokomotiv Novosibirsk/Russia)
Matt Proper (Anorthosis Famagustus/Cyprus)
Jeffrey Ptak (Busaiteen/Bahrain)
Nicholas Ptaschinski (Lausanne Universite/Switzerland)
Alfee Reft (Benfica/Portugal)
Austin Rester (CSKA/Bulgaria)
Matthew Reynolds (VC Imprexagro Sport Cherkasy/Ukraine)
Arturo Rivera (Stvtilburg/P/Netherlands)
Sean Rooney (Fakel New Urengoi/Russia)
Damien Scott (Syros/Greece)
Jonathan Scott (Rhein-Main/Germany)
David Smith (San Sebastian/Puerto Rico)
Clay Stanley (Zenit Kazan/Russia)
Donald Suxho (Prisma Taranto/Italy)
Ryan Sweitzer (Falkenburg/Sweden)
Robert Tarr (Benfica/Portugal)
Delano Thomas (Ponce/Puerto Rico)
Brian Thornton (Zaragoza/Spain)
Curt Toppel (S.S. Lamia/Greece)
Scott Touzinsky (Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyese/Turkey)
Eric Vance (Guaynabo Mets/Puerto Rico)
Matt Webber (A.O. Foinikas Syrou/Greece)
Austin Zimmerman (Entrente Sportive Neylan la Tronche/France)
U.S. setter Donald Suxho (Korce, Albania) is among the international players who will compete in the Italian all-star game on Nov. 22.
Suxho’s team Prisma Taranto fell to Trenkwalder Modena on Nov. 15, 27-29, 23-25, 23-25. Suxho started all three sets and scored four points on three kills and one ace.
Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored eight points on six kills, one block and one ace as his Italian team Marmi Lanza Verona fell to Itas Diatec Trentino, 2-3 (27-25, 25-20, 18-25, 17-25, 14-16).
Verona is eighth in the Italian Serie A League and Taranta is 11th.
The Russian Super League is on a break until Nov. 28. However, there is no rest for some teams as Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, featuring David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) and Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) and Fakel Novy Urengoi, with Kevin Hansen (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rooney (Wheaton, Ill.) are competing at the Siberian Cup.
Rooney is not playing in the tournament due to an ankle injury. Lee is also recovering from an ankle injury.
In its first matches of the tournament on Tuesday, Fakel fell to Tyumen, 18-25, 19-25, 20-25 while Novosibirsk lost to host Gazprom-Ugra, 25-19, 27-25, 18-25, 25-20.
On Wednesday, Fakel beat Novosibirsk, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. Hansen was the only U.S. player who started the match or scored (two points).
On Nov. 10, U.S. player Andy Hein (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Changos de Naranjito defeated Patriotas de Lares, including U.S. player Tim May, 3-2. Hein led all scorers with 22 points on 17 kills, three blocks and two aces. May scored 18 points on 15 kills and three blocks.
Also on Nov. 10, Caribes de San Sebastian, which features David Smith (Saugus, Calif.) and Hudson Bates (Richmond, Va.), beat the Guaynabo Mets, featuring Eric Vance (Camarillo, Calif.), 25-22, 25-20, 25-22. Bates led all scorers with 14 points on 13 kills and one block. Vance had 10 points on 10 kills. Smith scored three points on three kills.
On Nov. 14, Plataneros de Corozal, including Matt McKinney (Santa Ynez, Calif.), Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Nils Nielsen (Fallbrook, Calif.) topped San Sebastian, 3-2 (25-19, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 17-15). Nielsen led all scorers with 21 points on 18 kills, two blocks and one ace. McKinney added 16 points on 12 kills and four blocks. Patterson scored 10 points on 10 kills. Bates totaled 18 points on 12 kills, five blocks and one ace for San Sebastian. Smith scored eight points on seven kills and one ace.
Also on Nov. 14, Naranjito beat Indios de Mayagüez, 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12). Hein scored 12 points on nine kills, one block and two aces. C.J. Macias (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored four points on three kills and one block for Mayaguez.
On Nov. 15, Guaynabo beat Lares, 25-19, 25-14, 26-24. Vance scored nine points on nine kills. May scored two points on two kills.
Also on Nov. 15, Nuevos Gigantes de Carolina beat Leones de Ponce, including U.S. players Jayson Jablonsky (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tony Ching (Hawaii) and Delano Thomas (Sacramento, Calif.), 3-2 (25-20, 27-25, 20-25, 24-26, 15-12). Ching scored 17 points on 17 kills. Thomas scored 16 points on 14 kills and two blocks. Jablonsky had 14 points on nine kills, three blocks and two aces.
Finally on Nov. 15, Mayagüez topped Corozal, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20. Macias scored one point on one kill for Mayaguez. McKinney scored 12 points for Corozal on 11 kills and one block. Patterson totaled seven points on six kills and one block. Nielsen had four points on four kills.
On Nov. 17, Naranjito beat San Sebastian, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17). Hein scored 11 points on six kills and five blocks for Naranjito. Smith scored eight points on seven kills and one block. Bates scored six points on five kills and one block.
The current Puerto Rican standings:
Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye, the Turkish league team of Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) and Scott Touzinsky (St. Louis, Mo.), defeated Konya Diltas, 3-1 (25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 25-16) on Nov. 14. Millar scored 11 points on six kills, four blocks and one ace. Touzinsky added 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace.
Also on Nov. 14, Gabe Gardner (San Clemente, Calif.) led all scorers with 17 points on 15 kills, one block and one ace as Fenerbahce beat Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu (SGK), 25-21, 25-16, 25-12.
Evan Patak (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored six points on three kills, one block and two aces as his Turkish team Halkbank defeated Tokat Belediye Plevne, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17.